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#1 (Spork)

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:01


Apple is trying to patent wireless charging, claiming its magnetic resonance tech is new and that it can do it better than anyone else. This would be cool if its assertions were true.

Apple's application, numbered 20120303980, makes much of its ability to charge a device over the air at a distance of up to a metre, rather than requiring close proximity. The Alliance For Wireless Power, which also touts long-range juicing, will no doubt be comparing Apple's designs to its blueprints.

The alliance - of which chip biz Qualcomm and Apple rival Samsung are members - reckons distance charging is its unique selling point, allowing gadgets to top up battery power from inside a pocket or as one walks around an office. It's an argument so compelling that the competing Consortium for Wireless Power promptly extended its standard to encompass the same idea.


Apple's patent application was filed in November 2010, before the alliance was established, but well after tech startup WiPower applied for its patent on the very concept of wireless charging in 2008. WiPower was acquired by Qualcomm and its patents are the bedrock of the alliance's standard, along with some intellectual property from Samsung.


Meanwhile, the patents behind the Consortium for Wireless Power's technology are up for grabs: Alticor, which only developed the technology so that its subsidiary Amway could flog wireless water filters, is open to offers for eCoupled, the company that owns the protected designs. Perhaps Apple should be giving them a call.


And don't forget the Nokia Lumia 920, like a few other handsets already out there, already do wireless charging.


Regardless of who ends up with eCoupled, the world ought to brace itself for another epic patent battle - although not quite yet: the public is still very unsure it wants wireless charging and the technology isn't built into enough coffee shops, airport lounges and car dashboards to gain a critical mass of popularity, but it should give the lawyers plenty of business by the time the current disputes fizzle out


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:08

Shame Tesla is not alive :p

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:08

What more can one say about companies like Apple and their ilk! :huh: :rolleyes:

#4 mrdeezus

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:11

Apple doesn't innovate, they steal. Most consumers hav no idea.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:11

There should be rules about what can and can not be patented by huge companies, I understand small time inventors needing patents or they would never survive, but Apple continuously doing this to everything they possibly can is just ruining it for us the consumer, limiting technology that other companies can use, especially wireless charging which we've needed for a long time is just plain trolling

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:15

Someone page Palm err HP. This is gonna get ugly

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:18

Patent for others = new invention
Patent for Apple = re-invention

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:21

One day in the future, Apple will be owned by Samsung.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:21

The patenting laws are a joke. You can't patent and entire technology, that's just daft - you should especially not be able to file patents on something that has already been patented.

I'm sure next week Apple will try to patent the smartphone.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:22

Wonder how this will play out with the Nokia Lumia phones

#11 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:29

Are people really this dumb? Learn how patents work before making these troll threads. Patents are about a unique way of doing it. Each way that is invented gets its own patent. Deal with it. You can't patent charging from a distance. You can only patent how you make it possible to charge from a distance. Stop being ignorant trolls.

Wonder how this will play out with the Nokia Lumia phones

It won't effect anything since they wouldn't be using the same technology.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:31

I'm sure next week Apple will try to patent the smartphone.


I'm surprised they haven't tried to get Apple the fruit banned

#13 Charisma

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:38

I'm surprised they haven't tried to get Apple the fruit banned

And poor Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter...

#14 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:38

Really? Another one of these ill-informed hate threads? Apple isn't trying to patent wireless charging... Use your heads, people. Or at least read the patent...
They are patenting a method of near field charging that will allow charging from longer distances than current technology. I'll say it again, this is one method, not all methods. RTFP...

If/when Samsung copies this function verbatim, then yeah you can bet there will be lawsuits. If they can design something unique for once, then nothing legal will be involved. This patent is very specific to how it functions, so any design engineer with half a brain could easily design a functional alternative.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:59

Nice apple, everyone else uses the Qi standard, so of course apple decides to make their own standard that won't work with the standard...